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School bullying takes four main forms:
Physical bullying, where a student uses physical force to hurt another student by hitting, pushing, shoving, kicking, pinching or holding them down. Physical bullying also includes taking or breaking a student’s belongings or stealing or extorting money.
Verbal bullying is when a student uses words to hurt another student. This includes threatening, taunting, intimidating, insulting, sarcasm, name-calling, teasing, slurs, graffiti, put-downs and ridicule. It also includes hostile gestures such as making faces, staring, giving the evil eye, eye rolling and spitting.
Relational bullying occurs when students disrupt another student’s peer relationships through leaving them out, gossiping, whispering and spreading rumors. It includes when students turn their back on another student, giving them the silent treatment, ostracizing or scape-goating.
Cyberbullying refers to the use of cell-phones, text messages, e-mails, instant messaging, chats, blogs and social networking sites to bully another student in any of the ways described above. Examples of cyberbullying are sending threatening or insulting texts, posting untrue information or personal pictures about another student on social networking sites such as MySpace or Facebook, using another student’s email or IM name to send messages that make the student look bad, creating a web page devoted to putting down another student, forwarding a text or e-mail that was meant for your eyes only. Cyberbullying is on the rise and is as serious a problem in many schools as verbal and relational bullying.
Why You Should Team Up Wtih JoinOne
· 3.7 million youth engage in bullying each year (American Medical Association)
· 3.2 million youth are victims of moderate or serious bullying each year (American Medical Association)
· Numerous lawsuits (victims suing school systems) and criminal cases
· Bullying occurs in every school (20% or more are victims of bullying)
· Bullying happens every 7 minutes on elementary playgrounds (Pepler, Craig, and Roberts, 1998)
· 160,000 students per day stay home from school because of bullying (National Association of School Psychologists)
· 7% of eighth graders stay home at least once a month because of bullies (Banks, 2000)
· Bullying creates a fearful environment that impacts learning. Approximately 14% of 8th through 12th graders and 22% of 4th
through 8th graders surveyed reported that bullying diminished their ability to learn in school; (Hoover and Oliver, 1996)
· A study by the National Threat Assessment Center found that in more than two thirds (2/3) of the 37 school shootings since 1974
the attackers felt “persecuted, bullied or threatened.” In over half, revenge was the motivation. (Bowman, 2001)
· Over 90% of school shootings involved young boys who were relentlessly tormented and bullied because they were considered
unmanly or not aggressive enough. (Michael Kimmel)
· Bullied children seek acceptance and a sense of belonging by joining and/or forming gangs, cults, hate groups, and drug groups.
· Bullying causes post traumatic stress in some victims (Kinchin, 2001)
· Bullying causes “toxic shame” that creates lack of trust and hopelessness (Garbarino, 1999)
· 30% of youth suicides are because of bullying (Hawker and Boulton, 2000)
· Victims often engage in self-mutilation “to release the pain of being bullied”
· 10% of dropouts do so because of repeated bullying (Weinhold and Weinhold, 1998)
· Bullying causes children to runaway
· Bullying causes eating disorders
· Bullying causes low self-esteem
· Bullying causes withdrawal, depression, and anxiety disorders
· Bullying is a root cause of discipline problems: Bullied children often become behavior problems after the bullying and those
problems get worse (Schwartz, McFayden-Ketchum, Dodge, Pettit and Bates, 19998)
· Bullying causes long-lasting harmful emotional effects (Olweus, 1993; McMaster, Connolly, Pepler and Craig, 1998) – may affect
their work performance as adults
· Hostile kids are more likely to have diabetes and heart attacks in the future (Matthews, 2002)
· Hinders full inclusion of students with disabilities
· Bullying may even cause teen pregnancies – to have someone to love and to love them unconditionally
· Bullying creates societal problems
· Bullies identified by age eight are six times more likely to be convicted of a crime by age 24 and five times more likely than non-
bullies to end up with serious criminal records by age 30 (Olweus, 1991)
· 60% of students characterized as bullies by grade 6-9 had at least one criminal conviction by age 24 and 40% had three or more
arrests. (Olweus, 1991)
· Bullies grow up and often abuse their spouse, children and co-workers.
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